The storm’s combination of rain, sleet, heavy snow and thick ice across the South is of “historical proportions,” said the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City, Georgia.
Traffic makes it way slowly up Interstate 80 near Donner Pass in Soda Springs, California, February 8, 2014.
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The storm is forecast to reach from eastern Texas to the Carolinas and the Middle Atlantic states by late on Wednesday. Heavy snow from the front will hit southern New England by Thursday morning, the weather service said.
Conditions in the South were expected to worsen overnight, with up to an inch of ice predicted in parts of Georgia and central South Carolina.
Two to 6 inches of snow fell in north Georgia on Tuesday, with another 6 to 10 inches expected by Thursday morning.
But Dan Darbe, a weather service meteorologist, said ice was the bigger worry, with a quarter to three-quarters of an inch expected in the area that includes metropolitan Atlanta.
The last significant ice storm in that region was in January 2000, when up to half an inch of ice left more than 350,000 people without power, Darbe said…..
South Carolina is expected to get up to 1.5 inches of ice over the next 48 hours. The National Guard was put on alert and shelters prepared in the state.
President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration for Georgia. Governors in Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Mississippi declared weather emergencies and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed an executive order to close state government on Wednesday.
Atlanta area braces for dangerous ice storm 12th Feb 2014
ATLANTA (AP) – Emergency management workers hunkered down in Atlanta waiting to spring into action as rain – along with temperatures – fell overnight, potentially leading to “catastrophic” ice conditions that were forecast to hit the region.
forecasters warned that the second punch would likely bring a thick layer of ice and heavy winds that could knock out power to thousands of people and leave people stranded in their cold, dark homes for days.
“The message I really want to share is, as of midnight tonight, wherever you are, you need to plan on staying there for a while,” Reed said. “The bottom line is that all of the information that we have right now suggests that we are facing an icing event that is very unusual for the metropolitan region and the state of Georgia.”